Activists fear an alarming increase in Iranian forces cracking down on activists across Kurdish regions in Iran.
Electricity was cut in the Kurdish town of Mahabad in western Iran over the weekend and the streets erupted in gunfire. Human Rights groups allege that Iranian forces were firing on civilian protesters under the cover of darkness.
Activists on Sunday expressed alarm that Iran was implementing a major crackdown in a Kurdish-populated town that has seen intense anti-regime protests in the last few days.
Reinforcements of the security forces were sent to the city of Mahabad in western Iran, rights groups said, while images and audio files of heavy gunfire and screams were posted overnight.
Iran’s clerical leadership has been shaken by more than two months of protests sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year old woman of Kurdish origin who had been arrested by the Tehran morality police.
The very first protests took place in Kurdish-populated areas of Iran including at Amini’s funeral in her home town of Saqez, before spreading nationwide.
Rights groups had earlier posted footage of defiant protests in Mahabad, including after the funerals of victims of the state’s crackdown on the protests, with people staging sit-ins in the streets and setting up barricades.
PLEASE WATCH WITH SOUND ON!
The Islamic Republic is conducting a massacre in the city of Mahabad which is majority Kurdish!
They are shooting at people and into homes!
They have cut the electricity!
The people of Iran need your attention urgently!
Please do not turn away! pic.twitter.com/PHd94VrnLI
— Yashar Ali 🐘 یاشار (@yashar) November 20, 2022
What is happening in Mahabad tonight. Machine gun fire and scream can be heard. Another crime against humanity is taking place? The international community must prevent such crimes #IranProtests2022 #Mahsa_Amini pic.twitter.com/otohCNETzc
— Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam (@iranhr) November 19, 2022
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter